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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Bristol City Council: Better Lives at Home programme

Bristol City Council’s Better Lives at Home programme aims to deliver a step change in the development, provision, and effectiveness of a range of accommodation within the community as a real alternative to residential care for older and/ or vulnerable working age adults with care or support needs.

Central Bedfordshire Council: A community-led approach to developing age-friendly housing

Central Bedfordshire Council is keen to stimulate the supply of community-led approaches to deliver housing for the ageing population in the area. The Council’s guide, ‘How to Develop a Community-Led Approach to Age Friendly Housing in Central Bedfordshire’ sets out action that will assist communities in Central Bedfordshire to take the next steps in implementing plans to increase the number of homes suitable for an ageing population.

Gloucestershire: A joint action plan for healthy homes

Gloucestershire County Council, District/Borough Councils and NHS partners worked on a joint action plan for healthy homes, supporting older people to live well and independently in their existing homes.

Kirklees Council: An evidence base for the housing needs of older, ethnic minority communities

Kirklees Council commissioned a research study to better understand how preferences in the ageing ethnic minority populations affects housing needs across the district. The purpose was to gather evidence the council can use to inform investment decisions about future housing for older people.

Salford City Council: The Salford Way

Salford’s trailblazing initiative, The Salford Way, was launched by the City Mayor one year ago. It highlights the city’s ambitions as a leader in building a fairer, greener and healthier city for all.

Norfolk County Council: A coordinated response to the cost of living crisis

Norfolk Council’s Welfare Rights Team, Money Support Service and Norfolk Assistance Scheme work together to help those in financial need.

Cost of living

Nottinghamshire County Council: using internal communications for cost of living support

Nottinghamshire County Council have created a Yammer community to enable employees to share information on cost of living support that is available for service users.

Cost of living

Barnsley Council: Addressing food insecurity with a new food hub

Barnsley Council have established Storehouse and Field, a community food hub which aims to provide access to high quality ingredients for people who may be experiencing moderate food insecurity.

Cost of living

Building a new generation of council homes (Harrogate Borough Council)

Developing a suite of 16 pre-approved house types that can be used on any site.